WHO WE ARE

Key Aid Consulting is an agile international consulting group based in France, with partnerships across the globe. We have developed a strong reputation in evaluation, adult learning and cash and market-based programming. Our services focus on improving assistance to crisis-affected households. We do so through promoting increased learning and accountability, delivering innovative programme support and evaluations, designing customized guidance and inspiring training materials for key stakeholders in the humanitarian world.

The services offered are tailored made, high quality while at the same time cost effective. Our team members have extensive experience in the humanitarian field and international development overall. We combine programme management skills, as well as technical expertise in cash transfer and market based programming; food security and livelihoods; protection and gender; and private sector partnerships.

OUR TEAM

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Hélène

Co-founder

Hélène heads Key Aid’s work on cash and market-based programming, as well as capacity building. She has supported the institutionalisation of cash and market-based programming for UNDP, UNHCR, IRC, Save the Children, CARE, Oxfam and World Vision, among others. She has also authored several related guidance documents, including the CaLP Programme Quality Toolbox and the PCMA guidance, and is involved in the Sphere Standards revision. She is a member of the CaLP Technical Advisory Group and the Market in Crisis Board of Directors. Hélène also regularly designs and trains humanitarian practitioners on cash and market-based programming. She is a lecturer with Manchester University and Sciences Po Paris.

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Clément

Co-founder

Clément oversees Key Aid’s evaluation work. He has led multiple strategic assignments to support aid and development programmes in the Middle East, Africa and South-East Asia. These projects span across multiple INGOs and UN agencies. Clément has conducted several evaluations focused on specific Grand Bargain commitments (localisation, uptake of cash-based assistance). He is regularly involved on Key Aid’s cash and market projects. He is a member CaLP CTP technical expert roster.
Clément has also designed and implemented large-scale quantitative surveys collect and analyse data in some of today’s most challenging environments, including Gaza and Afghanistan.

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Danielle

Project Manager

Danielle has lived and worked in multiple African countries. Proficient in managing full qualitative and quantitative research project cycles, she has worked for both UN agencies and INGOs, with a focus on education. She has also worked on large-scale quantitative research projects in the media sector and feasibility studies on the use of cash-based assistance in rural markets. She is fluent in English and French, holds an undergraduate degree from McMaster University (Canada) and a Master’s from Sciences Po Paris.

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Chloé

Analyst

Chloé has supported various evaluations and CTP-related studies in South East Asia and Africa. She recently led a study on cash transfers and risks in Northern Mali for the Cash Learning Partnership. Her main areas of expertise are child protection, women empowerment and cash and market programming. She has previous experiences working with INGOs such as Save the Children and Oxfam, consulting groups and UN agencies, including UNICEF. She lived in Cambodia for six months and has developed a deep understanding of the Western Africa context. Chloé speaks fluent French and English and has a working proficiency in Spanish. She holds a Master’s degree in International Development from Sciences Po Paris.

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Margaux

Analyst

Margaux possesses a background in humanitarian law and related principles. With Key Aid Consulting, she has supported market-based programming consultancies. She has developed valuable skills in quantitative data analysis and statistics, including having conducted a large-scale quantitative survey for UNRWA in Gaza. Previous experiences include conducting participatory assessments for UNHCR in Lebanon. Margaux holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action from Sciences Po Paris. She is fluent in both English and French and has a working proficiency in Spanish.

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Gentiane

Analyst

Gentiane specializes in monitoring, evaluation and accountability and is proficient using both quantitative and qualitative research methods and tools. She has a strong expertise on East Africa, with work experience in Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi - with NGOs, International Organisations or as a researcher. She has developed and strengthened monitoring systems and collected data for organisations such as IOM in Burundi, or CEFA in Kenya.
She holds one master’s degree in International Law from Aix-Marseille University and one Msc in Politics of Conflicts, Rights and Justice from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

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Rediet

Analyst

Rediet holds a joint master’s degree in Sustainable Territorial Development from the University of Padova, Italy; The Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium; and La Sorbonne University – Paris 1, France. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of St Thomas Aquinas, Ethiopia. He is proficient at conducting qualitative and quantitative analyses of social, environmental and economic phenomenon both at the grassroots and macro scale. Rediet is fluent in Amharic, English and has intermediate proficiency in French.

Martin

Analyst

Martin combines his strong knowledge and interest in the humanitarian sector with his solid background in Economics to conduct sound and thorough evaluations drawing upon his analytical and problem-solving skills. He has a proven understanding of different quantitative techniques, their appropriateness across different assessments and how to communicate complex results in a concise and evidence-based manner. He is familiari with methods from behavioural sciences add a singular approach to understanding and appraising projects’ achievements. Martin has a master’s degree in Economics and Public Policy from Sciences Po Paris and a master’s degree in Behavioural Economics from the University of Amsterdam.

ASSOCIATED CONSULTANTS

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Anish Shrestha

Associated Consultant

is a consultant with a socio-economic development background. He has more than 7 years of experience working in the WaSH, Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction sectors.

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Samasti Tandukar

Associated Consultant

has over 6 years of experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research in close collaboration with various national and international institutions across Asia. She has experience preparing proposals, developing tools and guidelines, planning and implementing, and monitoring and evaluating programs. She is fluent in English, Nepali and Hindi with a sound working proficiency in Bengali and Chinese (Mandarin).

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Isabelle Pelly

Associated Consultant

has been at the forefront of innovation and progress in the use of cash and voucher assistance for the last decade. Her relevant experience spans strategy design, programme management, advisory roles at field office and headquarters, donor policy, and inter-agency cash coordination. She most recently led CaLP’s technical work from 2015 to 2018. Throughout her time in this role, she oversaw CaLP’s research and knowledge management portfolios, and capacity building work, as well as chairing CaLP’s Technical Advisory Group, comprised of the top cash and markets experts from the membership.

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Cedric Fioekou

Associated Consultant

is an agronomist by training who has been supporting livelihood and food security interventions across the globe, with a strong focus on West Africa for the past 14 years. Throughout the years, Cedric also developed an in-depth understanding of cash and market-based programming and was recently Solidarites International global cash advisor. He speaks both French and English.

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Shahnewaz Morshed

Associated Consultant

has over 3 years of experience in supporting evaluation, and designing trial, experiment and rapid assessments in the humanitarian and development sectors. He has expertise in statistical analysis and scientific research, and the use of mobile technologies in Information Management. Morshed speaks English, Bengali and Hindi.

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Illiassou Adamou

Associated Consultant

has been working in the Sahel region for the past 28 years. He is a seasoned facilitator and has support humanitarian organizations and Governments with strengthening their resilience and disaster risk reduction approach. Illiasou led numerous assessments in the area, specifically looking at food security and livelihoods. His experience mainly lies with qualitative approach and participatory appraisal techniques. Illiasou is a native French speaker and also speaks English. In terms of local languages: he is fluent in Haoussa, Djerma and Sonray.

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    Ali H. Abuzaid

    Associated Consultant

    is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Al-Azhar University in Gaza. He is interested in the development of outlier detection procedures in different types of data. He speaks fluent English and Arabic.

    social protection specialist with 16 years’ experience in multi-sectoral humanitarian and development programming spanning technical assistance, capacity building, research, monitoring and evaluation.

    Gabrielle Smith

    Associated Consultant

    is a social protection specialist with 16 years’ experience in multi-sectoral humanitarian and development programming spanning technical assistance, capacity building, research, monitoring and evaluation. She has been at the forefront of global initiatives exploring the potential for using and strengthening national social protection systems in humanitarian contexts. She developed a background paper for the World Bank on how to operationalise Adaptive Social Protection. She was a lead researcher in the DFID research on shock responsive social protection, led the feasibility study for the conditional cash for education programme for refugees in Turkey and was on the team leading the evaluation of the Emergency Social Safety Net ESSN evaluation in Turkey.

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      Bettina Morgenstern

      Associated Consultant

      Bettina Morgenstern is an architect and a shelter expert who focuses on land rights and sustainable construction after emergencies or in recovery phase. She has worked across INGOs, UN agencies, and the Red Cross in over 10 countries for the past decades. Bettina is well versed in cash and market based programming and regularly contributes to shelter-related publications (including the latest Global Shelter Cluster Guidance on Labour Market Analysis in the construction sector). Bettina has also developed related tools and trainings for practitioners. She holds a Masters in Architecture from Technische Universitat Berlin, and is fully fluent in English and German

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        Lauren Weiss

        Associated Consultant

        has led several evaluations and projects related to cash and market based programming for UN agencies, international NGOs, the Red Cross Movement and the OECD. These consultancies have covered the preparedness, relief, and recovery phases of the project cycle, spanning South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. She is comfortable utilising both qualitative and quantitative data collection methods. Lauren is a native English speaker with excellent analytical, writing and editing skills, and also possesses a working proficiency in French. She holds a Master’s degree in International Public Management from Sciences Po Paris.

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          Emmlyne Emmanuel

          Associated Consultant

          Emmlyne Emmanuel, has 10 years’ experience managing projects in Haiti, including with government and non-government stakeholders. With an educational background in public health and research methods, she has worked with international and local agencies to develop and implement health projects and has an in-depth understanding of the humanitarian environment and community issues in Haiti.

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            Jürgen Mika

            Jürgen Mika is a cash specialist and a CaLP-certified trainer. He works as a Cash Programming Advisor for a large range of
            clients. He has been a cash and market advisor with Welthungerhilfe
            (WHH/GAA) for 5 years, and as part of WHHs Emergency Response Team covering
            the larger Humanitarian Disasters of the last 15 years.
            Jürgen is a Palladium Group CVA Expert of the DFAT Australia Humanitarian
            Emergency Roster (HER) and a regular guest lecturer on Cash and Voucher
            Assistance (CVA) as part of the NOHA Joint Master's Programme in
            International Humanitarian Action at the Institute for International Law of
            Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) of the Ruhr University Bochum/Germany

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              N. R. Musfika Laiju

              Associated Consultant

              With 20 years of experience in management, coordination, planning and program implementation, N. R. Musfika Laiju is a renowned Gender Specialist in Bangladesh. In her recent position as a Coordinator - Gender Based Violence (GBV), in South Asia for Action Against Hunger (ACF), she provided strategic advice and guidance to multi-sectorial technical advisors on GBV to ensure gender equality in programming. She also worked as a Gender Specialist for USAID where she provided support to partner organizations on gender issues. She has been involved in policy decision making process, strategy formulation and Gender advocacy in Bangladesh for many years. She also worked as Deputy Country Program Manager for Water and Life Bangladesh for 4 years where she provided solutions to the WASH crisis in the country

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                Valsa Shah

                Associated Consultant

                Valsa Shah is a development economist and evaluator. She has nearly 25 years experience, focussing on quantitative and qualitative methods in programme design, value for money, evaluations and cost benefit analysis. She has had her own consultancy practice for over 10 years, before which she spent 14 years as a UK government economist. She is based in London.

                  THEY TRUST US

                  OUR VALUES

                  Key Aid’s Mission

                  We strive to contribute to increased accountability towards crisis-affected population through use-oriented ethical and participatory evaluations, inspiring adult learning materials and technical one-stop-shop on cash and market-based programming. We do so in a way that maximizes value for money for our client and gives our team a sense of purpose while letting them grow.

                  Make it Happen

                  We do whatever it takes to deliver quality and ultimately contribute to better and more accountable humanitarian responses. We figure out a way forward, even if it has never been done before. There is no instruction manual for achieving outcomes, so we are creative and relentless.

                  Set the bar high

                  We set super high standards because quality matters. We never cut corners when it comes to improving assistance to crisis affected households. We deliver consultancies that matter.

                  Stand-up

                  We push boundaries and challenge the assumptions others take for granted. We are not afraid of being shameless for the sake of crisis affected households. No matter how crazy things get, we never forget why we do this.

                  Laugh Together, Grow Together and be kind

                  We remember to have fun and to laugh at ourselves. We never stop learning. This journey is not about us or our egos. We put the mission first, then the team, then ourselves. We stay humble and tap into kindness as a key interpersonal skill. Being kind is being strong, not being weak

                  Confront the Grey

                  We speak up when our ethical compass is challenged. We practice transparency and radical candor. We believe that action requires integrity, and integrity requires action.

                  Work as a collective

                  We are smarter and more creative as a team because we all have different experiences and knowledge about particular topics/countries/contexts. Therefore, we are eager to collaborate, ask other team members, who are not necessarily involved on the same project.

                  Individual failure is not synonym of mistakes or fault

                  We give space to everyone to learn by doing, hence by making mistakes. The wisdom of the group is there to compensate potential individual failures. We are a learning organization and do not hesitate to question our ways of working and ways of doing for the sake of higher quality and happier teams.

                  Get Back Up and Have Each Other’s Back

                  When you take on great challenges, failure is inevitable. That doesn’t scare us. The minute we get knocked down, we get straight back up. Every time. We have the ability to recover from adversity, and keep on going. This journey is tough, but we have each

                  other’s backs. That’s how we always end up delivering projects that meet our clients’ expectations.